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Learning Commons / Media Center Source: Planet Library by William Dittoe, Educational Facilities Consultants, LLC and Kathleen Webb, University of Dayton Today, libraries must serve a much more tech-savvy user group, one that holds different ideas about how learning occurs. These students have grown up with ubiquitous computing, cell phones, iPods, video games, e-mail, text messaging, Twitter, the Web, and Google – all means for networking and idea sharing. As a result, learning has become much more social and students expect to find and use spaces that support group and collaborative work. Place – Generally libraries are centrally located and accessible to the great majority of their users. Space – Library building designs are remarkably free of inhibiting factors (numerous rooms designed for specific functions). The typical library consists of mostly open space. This has resulted in redesigned library spaces earmarked for new purposes, such as “learning commons” that give students a place for both socialization and study. Interface – Libraries can readily foster interdisciplinary communities since they are neutral spaces and not “owned” by any one department. They can facilitate interaction ... and encourage interactive learning through environments that are typically much more open than standard classrooms with fixed walls. Additionally, as early adopters of technology, libraries are already wired (or wireless) and ready to support today’s tech- driven learning demands. Transforming the Library Essential programs that focus on student success have already migrated into the library: • Learning Centers - a pivotal gathering center for study, tutoring, and learning support. • Student Presentation and Project Areas - teaming space for group work assignments with multimedia equipment and software support. • IT Training/ Experimentation Centers - appropriate space in which to apply technological learning and assistance. • Faculty Centers and Hybrid/Prototype Studios - experimental spaces for inquiry-based teaching in a collaborative and supportive setting. Campuses that recognize the importance of transforming their libraries must go beyond simply converting a library’s openness to newly designed space. They must instead establish the library as a useful and valuable place. Any repurposing of space should equally reflect new and creative decisions to teach, learn, share, study, and create vibrant campus communities. There’s been a dramatic shift from “books on shelves” to digitally archived materials - making more open space available as the traditional stacks come down. Movable walls can be adapted to rapidly changing space utilization needs, from classrooms, meeting rooms, computer rooms and more. Leading with technology and focused on their users, libraries can become bright campus beacons—inviting and welcoming places for communities of learners. Flexible and fluid spaces are most suitable for active learning. Spaces not controlled by specific campus divisions and not scheduled with the general classroom pool provide the greatest freedom to develop and explore diverse teaching and learning processes. The library, an academically neutral space, enhances the spirit of collaboration and community necessary for real engagement. Sela lounge chairs, Strive 4-leg chairs, Connection Zone benching p. 48 | Social Spaces